About our school

At our school we believe that we can raise well rounded and loving children through showing genuine love for our students as well as teaching them about life using English as a medium. Our school is different in that the curriculum is based in English and our teachers are native English speakers.
All the activities, games, songs and lessons are based in English. We provide the best possible learning environment for our students to excel in.

Our school is centered around various events and productions that occur throughout the year. Below is a list,
short explanation and links to some of our biggest events and productions.

Daily Schedule

A day in the life of one of our kindergarten students


9:00 School Starts

Children come and change into play clothes(by themselves) and put on their outside hats. The children go outside and play until 9:40. If it is raining the children watch a video or read a book.

9:40 Clean-up time

The children clean up all the scooters, sand buckets shovels and other fun toys.

9:45 Exercise

All the children line up and go through various Japanese calisthenics. Then music is turned on in the playground and all the students along with the teachers make laps around the playground

10:00 Morning meeting and Activity time

During the morning meeting all the students are greeted and attendance is taken. The students are asked about the weather, date and other general topics. During activity time the students learn various songs and dances as well as participate in an assorted variety of Arts and Crafts.

11:20 Lunch time

All the students eat the same lunch together with the teacher. As they are eating lunch the teacher utilizes this time to review material they learned during the day and also to find out how the students are doing. Foreign teacher has lunch break.

11:55 Story time

The teacher reads differents stories to the children such as "The Ugly Duckling", "Cinderella" and etc.

12:00- 12:30 Quiet time

12:30- 14:00 Japanese lesson and Vocabulary

During this time the teachers review old vocabulary and introduce new vocabulary as well. During this time a Japanese teacher teaches Japanese songs, harmonica, math, hand bells etc.

(12:00-13:30 Nap time

Our younger students take a nap during this time.)

14:00 Exercise

During this exercise time all the children get together and play games.

14:30

Change back into their uniforms

14:45 Snack time

Children come and change into play clothes(by themselves) and put on their outside hats. The children go outside and play until 9:40. If it is raining the children watch a video or read a book.

15:00 Goodbye Meeting

During this time the teachers review the day's activities, distribute notebooks, read stories and sing songs. (Notebooks are a daily journal that kindergarten teachers and parents use as a communication tool.)

15:25 School ends

The children either get on the bus or their mother comes and picks them up.

13:30

The regular school day is finished.

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About this job (small advice to the new teachers)

The kindergarten teacher position entails more than just teaching.
You are with the children all day while they are at the school and are expected to guide, help and talk with them through the day.
The daily schedule starts in the morning with a bus ride to pick up students or wait with early students at the school before classes start.
Teachers assist students in changing their clothes and then play and exercise together in the morning.
After the morning lesson the class eats lunch together then the teacher gets a break.
Following afternoon playtime the teachers help the children change and get ready to go home, review the days lesson and talk about other events during snack time.
Finally teachers ride with the students on the bus on the way home or wait with them until their parents pick them up after school. Bus and early/late teacher shifts alternate depending on the schedule.

We have a curriculum loosely based on report card proficiencies.
It is up to the teacher to make monthly schedules and plan activities for the classroom. There are lots of teaching resources available including the internet.
The teacher is also responsible for decorating the classroom and keeping it clean.

Daily care obviously includes dealing with children who are sick, crabby, combative, slow, inattentive and spoiled.
It is up to the teacher and their experience on how to deal with the children although the Japanese teachers and other teachers can be of assistance when needed.

The kindergarten position also requires some public speaking at special events.
This includes speaking to your students, their parents and the general public.
Some preparation may be required beforehand such as knowing what to say, what props you might need and what to wear.
Management will inform you beforehand what you are required to do but it’s up to you to ask for more details.
There are also times when we are in the public spotlight like on a local television program, starring at a special event or appearing in advertising.

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Events

Our school is centered around various events and productions that occur throughout the year. Below is a list, short explanation and links to some of our biggest events and productions.


Entrance Ceremony:

All of our new students are officially welcomed into our school.

Spring Picnic:

The Spring Picnic is the first official outing of the year. It is a family outing that the whole family takes part in. Everyone is introduced to each other and has a great time. .

Easter:

Is an all day event in which our students participate in Easter egg hunts, Egg pinatas and are entertained by a visit form the Easter Bunny.

Tanabata:

"The Star Festival" is a famous festival in Japan, our students write their wish on a piece of paper and tie it to a bamboo sprig. After doing this they decorate the sprig with various colors of paper stars and other shapes.

Sports Day:

Is an all day event where the parents and children get together and run races, dance dances, play games, it is a great day for the child and parent alike.

Penny Carnival:

Is an indoor carnival with lots of games, activities, and prizes held for all the students

Halloween:

All of the students dress up in costumes and go "trick or treating" down main street.

Thanksgiving:

The students learn about the first Thanksgiving and the importance of sharing and working together. To this end, all of the students work together to make their lunch for Thanksgiving.

Christmas Party:

At the Christmas party the students serenade the parents with the Christmas carols that they have learned, then there are group games and much, much more. Everyone develops a hearty appetite after participating in all the activities so there is a potluck dinner.

Talent Show:

Is the biggest production of the year the students practice very hard to learn songs, dances skits and plays. Most people are truly surprised when they see the performance the children put on.

Farewell Picnic:

All of the students, staff and student's parents go on a picnic and just kind of hang out.

Graduation Ceremony:

Is both a sad and proud day for us here at our school. A day when our children officially leave our school and go on to elementary school leaving our staff with mixed feelings of happiness, sadness, and pride of our students and their accomplishments.

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About this area

Miyakonjo is city of about 170,000 people nestled between the Kirishima mountain range and the ocean in Western Miyazaki. If you love the outdoors Miyakonjo is the place to be. A one hour car drive will take you to some great hiking and camping spots and an hour in the other direction will take you to the ocean and all of the beautiful bounties that it has to offer.


Western Miyazaki:

The Kirishima Mountains encompass the entire region. Sekino Waterfall and Lake Mike are remnants of Kirishima's Volcano's active period. (Other such beauty spots are all over the area.) The heart of the mountain lies in Ebino Plateau. 1,300 meters above sea level, in the Spring (Miyamakirishima) and in the fall(Susuki) colors come out, making Ebino plateau rich in charm throughout the four seasons.

Miyazaki Beef

The prefecture's climate and natural environment are suitable for raising cattle. Steak and "tataki", or raw meat, are among the area's delicacies, Beef is also commonly preserved in misotsuke, or bean paste.

Miyakonojo Furniture

Furniture is made from a variety of trees, such as camphor, Cherry, and Kelkova which grow in the area due to it's warm climate and abundant sunshine. the wood's natural grains make furniture particularly stylish and beautiful.

If you would like to know more about the area and Miyakonojo please click on the here.

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